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Emory Peak, Big Bend National Park

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Emory Peak, located in Big Bend National Park, is the highest peak in the Chisos Mountains. and the highest in Brewster County. The peak is named for William H. Emory, the chief surveyor of the U.S. Boundary Survey team of 1852. From the Chisos Basin the peak appears to be a minor ridge, while the summit of Casa Grande, one mile closer, seems to be much taller. From the west, Emory Peak is clearly visible as a point slightly higher than most of the mountain range.The peak can be reached by a moderate hike on a well-marked path across steep rocky terrain with an elevation gain of approximately 2500ft. The Emory Peak Trail is about long. Once at the base there is a semi-technical rock scramble to navigate before reaching the summit. No gear is needed for this climb although hikers should take great care. High-desert flora and fauna including alligator juniper, pinyon pine, mule deer, sotol, and Texas madrone may be seen along the trail. There are signs warning of mountain lions and bears.
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  • I was hiking the 10 mile hike. My brother kept asking: Are we there yet?. When we got to the top, there was sort of like a pile of rocks. You have to actually do some rock climbing, without safety har...  more »
  • I hiked this a couple years ago with my cousins. I weighed about 280 pounds and I'm about 5'11. So I'm very obese lol. I didn't really know what I was getting myself into. I was in pretty ok shape for...  more »
  • We hiked almost 17 miles for the 2 days backpacking in the trail. We camped at SW3 which, we were told is the best place to camp because of the sunset and the south rim a mile away. Day 2 is when we h...  more »
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  • Awesome 360-degree views from the top. Reaching either of the two rocky peaks requires a scramble up some rocks - no climbing skills required but anyone with a fear of heights may not be comfortable. There is some shade near the top (at the base of the rocky spires) and it's a good spot for a break. Views are equally if not better from the South Rim if you don't like the idea of a rock scramble or have younger children. hikingtheworld.blog/2017/10/29/emory-peak-big-bend/
  • Long hike to Emory Peak but worth the views. Plenty of shade until you get eat the top. The last 50 ft to Emory Peak requires a bit of scramble/climb so not everyone can get to the top. Careful with loose rocks!
  • A fairly difficult hike, but 100% worth it! The views are spectacular and you are sure to see some wild life.
  • Great hike. Not too long from the basin and the views are amazing.
  • It was a tough hike especially the end where you literally have to climb but the view was worth it. 6 hours round-trip from the lodge with lunch break.
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